It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. – Henry Ward Beecher
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Jeff Sessions’ Reefer Madness, Trump’s Mental Health, the 25th Amendment, JonTester keeps on rolling. High School golf in Montana, One More Thing, and much more!
Hide your stash!
Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard (Jeff) Sessions III is thought of as a moron by many people both in the Trump Administration and outside of the Trump Administration.
It’s not really clear if President Trump even likes Jeff Sessions.
This week it was announced and reported by the Associated Press that Sessions had rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.
The New York Times reported:
California began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana on Monday, joining Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Massachusetts and possibly Maine are expected to begin sales this year. In all, 29 states and the District of Columbia have at least partly legalized the substance — including for medicinal use — though it remains illegal under federal law.
I think this is a total waste of resources by Sessions. There are more important things for the Department of Justice to concentrate on.
An October 2017 poll from Gallup found that Americans’ support for marijuana legalization was at a record high of 64%. Gallup also reports that this represents a continuing increase in support for legalization over the past several decades, with half or more generally favoring it since 2011.
This is something that should be decided by the states. Congress should pass a law to allow states to decide on legalizing marijuana and settle this once and for all.
Trump’s Mental Health:
Politico reported this week that there is growing concern about the mental health of President Donald J. Trump.
Lawmakers are so concerned that they “summoned” Yale University psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee to Capitol Hill last month for two days of briefings about Trump’s recent behavior.
In private meetings with more than a dozen members of Congress held on Dec. 5 and 6, Lee briefed lawmakers — all Democrats except for one Republican senator, whom Lee declined to identify. Her professional warning to Capitol Hill: “He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”
I guess it’s time for everyone to study up on the 25th Amendment…
Tester – Keep on Rollin’
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is up for reelection this year. Although everything Tester does is geared toward his reelection and making it look like he walks on water, there’s one thing that Tester has accomplished in this day and age of partisan politics that is kind of remarkable.
During a time when Republicans control the Senate and House and a Republican sits in the White House, Democrat Jon Tester has worked with Republicans and Democrats to author and pass 10 bipartisan bills this Congress. Nine have been signed into law and one is sitting on President Trump’s desk awaiting signature.
Many of the bills deal with veterans.
In the immortal words of my favorite rock band, REO Speedwagon, “Keep on rollin’” Senator.
High School Golf in Montana:
This is embarrassing for Montana.
MontanaSports.com has been reporting about spectators being barred from watching high school golf in Montana. They also report that in the U.S., Montana and New Jersey are the only states that don’t allow spectators on the course at high school golf matches. The only other state joining in with them? Alaska, because it does not offer golf as a high school sport.
That rule also prevents college scouts and coaches from watching players.
I can understand that some parents can be asses when it comes to their little Johnny and/or Susie playing sports. That’s one of the reasons I don’t ref football or basketball. There are many parents, relatives, and friends who should be given the chance and will act like adults when they are on the course.
Montana should change this archaic rule. This is 2018.
2018 – Prepare Yourself:
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One More Thing:
I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!
– Tweet this week from the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.